Federer: WTA/ATP Should Merge - our reaction; John Millman nearly retired, then beat Federer - our interview

We hadn’t planned to record a podcast today, but then Roger Federer tweeted about merging the ATP and WTA, and we were suddenly in emergency podcast territory.

Why has it taken until now, during a global pandemic and 50 years after Billie Jean King first proposed the idea, for some of the top men to get behind it? How likely is it to actually happen? And what are the potential stumbling blocks?

In the second half of the show, David speaks to John Millman about his life without tennis, the need to support lower-ranked players financially during the coronavirus pandemic, his career-defining matches against Roger Federer, and, of course, his credentials to make it onto The Tennis Podcast boat.

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